SAVAGES (2012)
3 out of 5 stars

Based on the novel by Don Winslow, it revolves around Ben (Aaron Johnson), Chon (Taylor Kitsch) and O (Blake Lively) and their lucrative marijuana business. They are literally living in paradise until a Mexican cartel offers them a deal they cannot afford to refuse. Things take a turn for the worse when O is kidnapped to force Ben and Chon to cooperate.


They were totally making full use of it at the beginning of the movie when O describes the loves of her life – Chon fucks but Ben makes love. Their business is really lucrative because an average day at the mall for O means getting a pair of Manolo Blahniks and other designer clothes and bags. O’s tattoos are simply beautiful – they accentuate her endless limbs.

It’s really about protecting your own ass and finding your enemy’s weakness to twist it to your advantage. It irks me that the bad guys were able to work both sides of the law! He totally deserved that knife to the hand!

There’s two endings (sort of) and the morbid side of me prefers the first one.


– 3 out of 5 stars 

Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) was chosen by the ring when Green Lantern Abin Sur crash-lands on Earth after being attacked by Parallax, an alien that feeds on fear. After pledging himself to the Green Lantern, he realizes that the ring grants him otherworldly powers and he belongs to an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe. Hal is disheartened to learn that the other Lanterns believe humans are too primitive to fully harness the power of the ring. But he gets a chance to prove them wrong when Parallax makes Earth its next target.

“In brightest day, in blackest night
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those that worship evil’s might
Beware my power — Green Lantern’s light!”
– Green Lantern oath

Well, the movie didn’t suck as bad as those reviews I read, so I’m glad I saw it. But I have to say it didn’t really wow me as much as other comic-to-movie adaptations (like Spider-man 2 or X-Men). I think many didn’t like the CGI suit, but after watching, I think I understand (partially) why. The Green Lantern projects his will through his ring and these projections are CGI-ed and so is his costume/mask have to be CGI too, for consistency’s sake?

Well, they could have provided more shots of Ryan Reynolds shirtless to compensate for the CGI suit. Blake Lively is gorgeous, as usual, and she looks good in anything and I think dark hair suits her quite nicely. She mostly wears her hair down so there isn’t as much hair porn as there is on Gossip Girl.


THE TOWN (2010)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Based on Chuck Hogan’s book, The Prince of Thieves, it revolves around a group of friends who grew up in Charlestown and rob banks for a living. While robbing the Cambridge Bank, they take bank manager, Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall), as a hostage. Doug (Ben Affleck), the leader of the group, trails Claire to source out if she remembers anything from the robber, and a romance relationship begins. Meanwhile, the crew continue to take on more jobs even though Doug is reluctant and wants to get out of Charlestown for a fresh start. However, his ties with the town and Jem (Jeremy Renner) are much more complicated and he is unable to leave as FBI agent Crawley (Jon Hamm) closes in and wants to bring them down.

I thought the bank robbery scenes are fantastic and the fact that they use these nun masks as a disguise is creepy. But they are really meticulous in their preparation work before each robbery and they leave no stone unturned. Looks like watching CSI paid off for Doug and gang. As the movie progresses, you observe the dynamics of the Townies and you realize it is not easy to get in or out. Doug may not get out of Charlestown yet you hope that he gets out. Jeremy Renner impresses as Jem because he’s got that fierce loyalty in him yet he’s reckless and violent so you have no idea what his actions may bring about to the group. You find yourself rooting for these Townies instead. Even when it all fell apart, it was sad. Watch it.


– 3 out of 5 stars

Caught New York, I Love You some time back, but I didn’t feel much love at all.

Like its predecessor Paris Je t’aime, it is an anthology film that joins several love stories in New York. Featuring stars like Orlando Bloom, Natalie Portman, Shia LeBeouf, Ethan Hawke, Hayden Christensen, Anton Yelchin, Bradley Cooper, Maggie Q and Shu Qi – it is an ensemble you would want to see onscreen. The Ethan Hwake/Maggie Q segment made me blush cos Ethan Hawke was speaking really awkward stuff. Some other segments just made me feel more ‘lust’ than ‘love’.

I only liked two stories, which were directed by Brett Ratner and Joshua Marston. Brett Ratner directed this segment about a guy’s prom night after being ditched by his girlfriend (a 10-second appearance by Blake Lively). It ended up being the best night of his life – with his useful belt. Joshua Marston directed the segment where an old couple celebrates their 60th anniversary and rediscovers love for each other. Awww…

Anyway, I liked Paris Je t’aime better. Each segment brought out the theme better and there’s Gaspard Ulliel! I can still remember he charmed me the moment his messy hair, grey singlet, lit cigarette appeared onscreen. Not to mention he speaks smouldering French. Oohlala.